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AB-1231 Public postsecondary education: California State University: support staff employees: merit salary adjustments.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Weber (A)
Public postsecondary education: California State University: support staff employees: merit salary adjustments.
An act to add and repeal Section 89509 of the Education Code, relating to public postsecondary education.

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
09/30/18 Vetoed by Governor.
09/06/18 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
08/28/18 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 56. Noes 22. Page 6728.).
08/23/18 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after August 25 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
08/23/18 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 29. Noes 8. Page 5654.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning AB 1231 without my signature.

This bill would require support staff of the California State University system to receive five percent annual merit salary increases, based on satisfactory performance.

While the bill is laudable in its goals of trying to raise wages and create salary progression for support staff at the CSU, most of whom are within lower paid classifications, collective bargaining should be the tool to effectuate such changes.
I do believe, however, that the CSU should undertake a diligent examination of pay disparities and opportunities for upward mobility for its lowest wage workers.

As I stated in a message to the University of California last year, "As the UC prides itself on being an agent of social mobility for students, it might follow that UC could similarly be an agent of social mobility for lower-wage workers at its campuses." I believe that CSU can and should strive to do the same.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.